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Tuesday
Jan312012

Hooked on Chobani (plus a Giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Autumn B, winner of Chobani yogurt giveaway. Autumn is looking forward to making Pumpkin Muffins with her free Chobani. Autumn, please look for an email from me at simplefoodhealthylife (at) gmail (dot) com with your address. Stay tuned for more great giveaways!

For those of you who follow me regularly, you know that I love using greek yogurt in my cooking. It is versatile and incredibly healthy. I use it in place of whipping cream, sour cream, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, oil, butter, etc. In other words, you name it and I won't hesitate to swap out a less than healthy ingredient and swap in some Chobani yogurt.

The first time I tasted greek yogurt, I was totally against it. I actually hated the taste and moved right along, reverting back to regular ol' Dannon or Yoplait. When I switched my eating habits to a mostly vegetarian lifestyle, I realized that I needed to get extra protein from somewhere. After resisting the greek yogurt phenomenon, I bought a single, 6 ounce cup of non-fat Chobani honey flavored yogurt. As you might have guessed, I ate the entire thing. I went back and bought non-fat strawberry and non-fat pomegranate Chobani flavors. These were even better. I purchased a single, 16-oz 0% plain Chobani container and started experimenting with it in my cooking. Guess what? You couldn't taste a change in flavors. I tried some of the other popular flavors and they just weren't the same; the texture was less creamy than Chobani and slightly more bitter. I was hooked. Hooked on Chobani.

Chobani contains only "natural" ingredients. The milk is rBST free, meaning the cows are not treated with synthetic growth hormones. Even the fruit at the bottom of the yogurt cups is real fruit and is sweetened only by using evaporated cane juice. For folks with gluten, corn, nut and soy allergies, Chobani is entirely safe for you to eat. And the reason I eat it? It has two times the amount of protein as regular yogurt; anywhere from 14-20 grams of protein in a 6-ounce serving. If that doesn't rock your world, I'm not sure what does!

One of my most favorite things about Chobani is their extensive line of flavors. For starters, they are constantly coming out with new flavors (the three latest being Blood Orange, Apple Cinnamon and Passion Fruit). They also have a kids line, Chobani Champions, with flavors geared towards a younger palate. As if that isn't enough, Chobani has non-fat yogurt flavors and low-fat yogurt flavors. Their plain yogurt is also available in both 0% fat and 2% fat, perfect depending on what you are substituting it for. For example, if I am using it instead of cream, I use the 2%. However, when I make frozen yogurt or muffins, the 0% plain is great.

Chobani recognizes that not everyone know what to do with greek yogurt. Aside from the obvious - eat it like regular yogurt - there are thousands of different ways to use it. The Chobani Kitchen develops recipes using Chobani yogurt and provides you with access to all of them. They have recipes for side dishes, dips, appetizers, main dishes, desserts, frostings, and so much more. It is the perfect place to browse if you are hesitant to substitute Chobani for other ingredients.

I have had the chance to taste almost all of their flavors. The plain flavors are perfect for cooking. The vanilla is my favorite to serve with fresh cut fruit, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon over top. The fruit flavors are endless and provide something for everyone. If you are a first time Chobani consumer, I recommend starting with the Pomegranate or Strawberry; the strawberry is delicious and is probably the easiest transition from regular yogurt to greek yogurt. The pomegranate is my favorite because Chobani includes pomegranate seeds in the yogurt, giving a bit of crunch and texture to the yogurt. Delicious ladies and gents, delicious! Oh - and don't forget to pop on over to Chobani's website and print out some coupons before you go to the grocery.

Now for the giveaway. You have SIX ways to enter to win some delicious Chobani yogurt. The giveaway will close Monday, January 6, 2012 at 11:59p.m. I will contact the winner on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 via email. Please make sure to leave your email address. There is one mandatory entry and five optional entries. Please leave a SEPARATE comment for every entry.

  1. Mandatory Entry: Browse through some of my recipes below or head on over to Chobani Kitchen and let me know what recipe youare most looking forward to cooking with Chobani greek yogurt.
  2. Follow Simple Food Healthy Life on Twitter.
  3. Follow Chobani on Twitter
  4. Like Simple Food Healthy Life on Facebook.
  5. Like Chobani on Facebook.
  6. Tweet the following message on twitter: Get hooked on #Chobani greek yogurt with a giveaway from @Chobani via @Smplfdhlthylfe http://bit.ly/wBe22k #giveaway PLS RT

If you aren't sure what to do with Chobani, here are some of my recipes that incorporate Chobani yogurt. Don't be afraid to play around and try it out. Experimentation can lead to some wonderful outcomes in the kitchen.

What are your favorite ways to eat Chobani greek yogurt? Any great recipes that I should be aware of?

Apple Cinnamon Chobani Muffins

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing with Greek Yogurt

Simple Lebanese Fatteh Casserole

Chocolate Chip Scones, Revisited

Ravioli with Butternut Squash Filling in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Kale Dumplings

Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt with Caramelized Rum Bananas

Disclaimer: Chobani provided the 0% and 2% Plain Yogurt and 0% Vanilla Yogurt to review at no cost. No additional compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

Reader Comments (112)

Strawberry scones. It's hard to choose. They all look great.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie L

I follow you on twitter.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie L

I follow Chobani on twitter.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie L

I like SFHL on Facebook.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie L

I like Chobani on Facebook.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie L

I'd like to try out the recipe for banana muffins!

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitra

I like Simple Food Healthy Life on Facebook

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitra

I like Chobani on Facebook

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitra

I would love to make the Simple Lebanese Fatteh Casserole

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara P.

Strawberry scones.

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I'd forgotten about Tzatziki Sauce. That would be a fun recipe to try.

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

like Chobani FB as Kyhere Here

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

like Simple Food Healthy Life FB as Kyhere Here

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

following chobani twitter as ky2here1

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

following Smplfdhlthylfe twitter as ky2here1

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

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February 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

I want to try and make the Tzatziki Sauce
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February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara B.

I want to try the Strawberry Scones recipe.

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

Following @Chobani on twitter (clc408)

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

Like Chobani on Facebook. (Cynthia Conley)

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

Tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/clc408/status/165588547770925056

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

I would like to try the Turkey Potpie.

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTari Lawson

I love this recipe - 3 Layer Mexican Dip.
Thank you.
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February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara M

Follow Chobani on Twitter @JalapenoMama
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February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara M

Like Chobani on Facebook - Barbara Montag
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February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara M

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